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Series 70 fills wit water stops then makes a slight buzzing sound

The machine fills with h2o then stops and starts to make a slight buzzing sound. move timer by hand but nothing happens. wont agitate, wont drain or spin. Occasionally, while moving the timer the buzz gets louder, sounding like the noise you get when the washer is overloaded.
washer is a Kenmore 70 series heavy duty plus the numbers on the metal tag inside the machine are 8237 2110

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  • pnags Jun 18, 2009

    so how can I test if the capaitor is bad?

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The electric motor my have failed or a part called a capacitor could be the problem? The capacitor is part of the starting circuit of the electric motor, if this fails the motor will not start therefore the washing machine won't spin or agitate.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

  • Adrian Jun 18, 2009

    To test a capacitor you need to unplug the wires off it and use a multimeter that has a capacitance tester on it.


    The scale should show uF or nF which is what capacitance is measured in.



    The capacitor will have a number then uF next to it

    IE: 6uF



    6uF means 6 microfarad



    So if you have a 6uF capacitor and your mulimeter reads 2uF, then the capacitor is faulty and requires replacing.



    Thanks,

    Adrian.

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